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So we didn’t muddle things up too much on our big bucket list, we pulled out a few top-tier metro Detroit foodie-related musts not to be missed.
Drink a metro Detroit-distilled liquor at Detroit City Distillery or Valentine Distilling or a Detroit-brewed beer at Jolly Pumpkin, Atwater Brewery, Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn, Rochester Mills, etc.
Eat a bag — a big bag — of the original Better Made potato chips.
Eat a slice of deep-dish, brick-oven pizza at the original Buddy’s on Conant. Wash it down with a boomba of draft beer.
Eat a Coney dog at Lafeyette Coney Island and then immediately go next door to American Coney Island and eat another one.
Eat a shawarma sandwich in Dearborn or head to Bucharest Grill in Detroit.
Eat the famous Yardbird sandwich at Slows Bar BQ.
Eat in Mexicantown. (Enchiladas, tamales, botanas, tacos. Doesn’t matter. All so good.)
Eat surf and turf and then seek out the paranormal at The Whitney, a “haunted” 1894 mansion turned fine-dining establishment.
Drink a bottle of Vernors ginger ale or any flavor of Faygo or Towne Club pops.
Eat a melt-in-your-mouth glazed doughnut from Dutch Girl Donuts. A Detroit institution since 1947.
Eat a lobster corn dog, sip a Coach White Sangria and take in a panoramic view of Detroit from 700 feet above ground at Coach Insignia in the Ren Cen. The elevator ride up 73 floors is part of the experience.
Eat a paczki in Hamtramck on Fat Tuesday.
Eat a piece of the Michigan 4-Berry pie from Achatz Handmade Pie Co. This pie has been praised in the past by Bon Appetit.
Say OPA! with your waiter/waitress and eat some flaming kasseri cheese in Greektown.
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Stay at the historic Dearborn Inn, which was built in 1931 as the first-ever airport hotel, for a modern yet nostalgic experience.
Book a dinner cruise or go for a late-night moonlight party aboard the Detroit Princess. The five-story riverboat is back in action for the season.
Fall is in full swing and that means Detroit Red Wings hockey at The Joe. No ticket? Cobo Joe's is a surefire hot spot on game days.
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